A Meditation: On 1 Samuel 12:23 // To Pray For You //
by Matheus Yuhlung
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way” – 1 Samuel 12:23 (ESV)
I admire the way Samuel responded to Israel’s disobedience in their wish to have a mortal king like the rest of the nations. Samuel was merely fulfilling his duty to God when he conveyed the downside and the consequences of having a mortal king; yet he did not take Israel’s outright rejection of God’s commandment as an offence to his pride or ego and sulk over it. I’m inspired by the way Samuel chose to pray for them and intercede for them and still lead them in truth and obedience.
Have you been offended recently? In what way did you react to it?
I did it in the most regretful ways. I’ve been serving in my church for some time now and every rejections I had faced I took offence and sulk over it for days. And it is only after a few days that I’m able to pray for forgiveness. But things are changing now.
In His grace, there are room for mistakes and corrections. Though I’ve fallen seven times, He raises me up at eight.[i] In these weakest days of my life, He shows forth His strength.[ii] The blood of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ truly is grace abounding to the chief of sinners.[iii]
If people are quick to cause offence; let us be quicker in praying for them, forgiving them and leading them in the good and right way. No pious work is complete without love and forbearance.[iv]
[i] Proverbs 24:16
[ii] 2 Corinthians 12:9-11
[iii] John Bunyan (Book title, same name, Penguin Classics, 1987)
[iv] 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
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